Madeira will be in the spotlight this spring as the much-anticipated Savoy Palace hotel makes its debut. We check out the new luxury contender, plus the Portuguese island’s other high-end hotel options ideal for incentive groups….
On the site of the former Savoy Hotel, just a short walk from the heart of Funchal’s charming Old Town, has risen the Savoy Palace, set to open its doors in June. Designed by the award-winning team of RH+ and interior designer Nini Andrade Silva, the bold, curved structure is home to 352 chic guest rooms, all featuring balconies from which to soak up the ocean views. More sweeping panoramas can be enjoyed from the rooftop lounge, terraced gardens, and multiple pools. The resort also includes about 200 apartments, meeting facilities with a maximum capacity for 900 people, a spa with hydrotherapy facilities, game rooms, teahouse, lobby bar, two buffet restaurants, a signature restaurant and the Galaxy sky bar and restaurant.
Belmond Reid’s Palace
This grand dame, set in verdant gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, has been welcoming discerning travellers to the island’s capital Funchal for over a century. Steeped in history, it has been the jewel of the island’s hospitality scene since being established in 1836 by Scotsman William Reid. Providing the ideal backdrop for high-end incentives, the hotel cascades its way down the cliffside, from the terrace of the highest floor where high tea is served, down to the garden level with swimming pools and a spa and continuing all the way down to the ocean with a private sea bath. There are 158 bedrooms, most with a terrace or balcony and ocean views, four eateries including the Michelin-starred William Restaurant, as well and conferencing facilities which were recently renovated in 2018.
The Cliff Bay
This ultra-luxurious five-star hotel is the jewel in the crown of Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts. With a prime position near the beach in Funchal, the 200-room property features beautiful gardens and direct access to the sea. Guests can also make use of extensive facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, poolside bar, a state-of-the-art health club, and full-service spa. On-site dining options include the two Michelin-starred Il Gallo d’Oro and The Rose Garden.
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